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13 Sep 2019
Interstellar Comet

At (September 12th, 2019) ... another interstellar visitor is passing through the solar system it has been suggested. This time it is definitely a comet we are told - although it is very faint and the coma is by no means prominent. Comet Borisov (named aafter the person that first spotted it, hailing from the Ukraine), is approaching the inner solar system from beyond the orbit of Mars. It has what is called a hyperbolic orbit with an eccentricity greater than 3.5. This implies the comet is unbound to the Sun.

13 Sep 2019
Footprints in Normandy

At ... French archaeologists have unearthed 257 Neanderthal footprints and 8 hand prints from a layer of fine dark sand deposited around 80,000 years ago, it is believed. The site is at Le Rozel in Normandy. They appear to represent evidence Neanderthals lived in groups much like modern day hunter gatherers ...

13 Sep 2019
Chicxulub Crater

William sent in a couple of nice links to the following story - go to and ...dswhich concerns the K/T impact that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs - and 75 per cent of life on Earth (an estimate). Rocks near the asteroid crater tell a story after being analysed by scientists.

13 Sep 2019
The Dodo

At ... a 12,000 year old swamp (taking us back roughly to the Younger Dryas period) brimming with bones reveals the ecosystem in which the giant Dodo bird thrived. A 19th century account of a swamp on Mauritius which was so chock with extinct animal bones you only had to stick your hand into the water to retrieve them has inspired researchers from the Natural History Museum to seek it out, and begin to excavate what is set to be the site of hundreds of remains of animals.

13 Sep 2019
A Towering Balloon like structure

A towering balloon like structure has been discovered near the centre of the Milky Way - a pair of radio emitting bubbles that are hundreds of light years tall. The centre of the galaxy is of course in the vicinity of the hypothetical black hole that resides there - currently slumbering. The enormous hour glass shaped structure is the result of energetic burst of energy that erupt near the black hole we are told. See ... and

13 Sep 2019
Well I Never

In the evolutionary model of human development the Lower Palaeolithic humans (such as Homo erectus), responsible for the Acheulian stone tool assemblage, mostly hand axes and cleavers, are generally considered as primitive - and more primitive than the Middle Palaeolithic (Neanderthal/ Denisovan etc) and many streets more primitive than Upper Palaeolithic modern humans.

14 Sep 2019
Marsupial Panda

At ... a new species of pterosaur is among the largest ever flying animals according to a new study from Queen Mary University in London. Its remains were found in Alberta some 30 years ago but paleontologists, at the time, bracketed it with other known species of pterosaur.

16 Sep 2019
Serious Flaws

At ... Japanese MIT climate scientist has written a book. Dr Mototaka Nakamura received his doctorate at MIT and worked at NASA. The title of his book - 'Confessions of a climate scientist: the global warming hypothesis is an uproven hypothesis'. As a teenager he seems to have become concerned about catastrophic global warming due to increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

16 Sep 2019
Turner's Paintings

Weather Eye (Paul Simons) in The Times has been writing about purple haze glowing in the twilight sky just after sunset. Not auroral though in spite of the colour but the result of volcanic eruptions during the summer months this year. Volcanoes are common occurrences but plumes of sulphurous gas rarely reach the stratosphere. This year two volcanoes have led to just that. The Railkoke volcano in the Kuril Islands in Russia's far east and the Ulawen volcanoe which blew in Papua New Guinea in August.

21 Sep 2019
Comet Tossing Boulders

This story takes us back to the ESA Rosetta Mission to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. Is it that long ago. Researchers are still sifting through and analysing data transmitted back by Rosetta - some 76,000 images in high resolution were captured using the OSIRIS camera - go to ... especially when it comes to the dust, gases, and plasma environment etc. Scientists have been looking at surface changes, from one image to the next ....